Last week it was decreed that the previous occupier

of this position in our garden must be replaced.Sunday morning saw us at work moving the old pot

and adding a new one along with a Crepe Myrtle which,

I am told, grows to about a metre by one metre.

I didn’t enquire if it met all the requirements

of plants in our garden.

Tough, withstands heat, cold frost  and coastal conditions

are the usual things we look for when purchasing any plants.

In this exposed position on the southern end

of our house it will feel the hot north and cold south winds,

as well as the possibility of frostbite.






Some unexpected moments

from 2018.I rose with the sparrows and drove 45 minutes

to Point Lonsdale for a sunrise shoot last March. 

Expectations were high. 

Results were low. 

And after being blown around by a chilly breeze

I decided to pack my gear away and head home.

I had walked about a quarter of the way

back along the pier

when this rainbow appeared above the lighthouse. 

I had no more than two minutes

to grab a camera and capture some images…

then it was gone as quickly as it appeared. 


Also this time last year I had no idea we would

celebrate our Wedding Anniversary with 

First Class Dining in a private cabin

aboard the Q Train.

June in Canada and we did not expect

to experience falling snow….even on

the Columbia Icefield.


This time last year we did expect a trip

to Auckland for an engagement party. 

However, a wedding date had not been settled upon

and so our September/October trip

back (to New Zealand) for the

wedding of Number 1 Son

to Number 2 Daughter-in-Law

was unexpected but enjoyable.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Unexpected

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Unexpected

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Unexpected

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Unexpected







I did have thoughts of…

…using an assortment of images…

…from our visit to Europe.

Then I found these, most of which…

I have never previously posted.



Our last night in Paris proved enjoyable

from a photography sense and

a great way to end our visit.



LIGHT WORDS: Night-Photos

Hugh’s Views & News: Night-Photos

Book Review-Meant-To-Be


Meant To Be 

(Button Jar  #3)


Fiona McCallum

(Goodreads Author)

Meant To Be carries where book 2 in the series left off. The main difference being that Meant To Be spans around a year, although that does include several months with the turn of a page.

Settling back into the farm with Jake sees Emily focussing on rebuilding her dream cottage, only not to be a bed and breakfast as initially planned.  Also in Meant To Be we finally see Emily standing up for herself, making her own decision.  Although she does still procrastinate and rely on friends and neighbours.  No spoilers…

David and Barbara are still her best friends an Emily comes to their rescue when they are facing a tough period in their lives and a little earlier Emily realises that she is not as alone as she first thought as local townsfolk rally to help with some of her projects.

Again, narrator Jennifer Vuletic must receive accolades for her narration of Meant To Be.  She has a remarkable vocal range assuming she provide all character voices.  I have commented more than once that a narrator can make or break an audiobook.

Fiona McCallum’s books are an easy read, set in Australia and often it is easy to identify with, or remember someone who was ‘just like that’ in my home town.

I like reading/listening to, Australian authors and stories and as previously mentioned Jennifer Vuletic is brilliant in making Wattle Creek come alive.


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Meant to Be : The Button Jar - Fiona McCallum

Meant To Be 

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